The Wildcats headed to Black Hills State on Saturday evening to take on the Yellowjackets in Spearfish, S.D.
The contest got underway with the two sides trading small lead. Johnson & Wales had the 10-9 advantage at the twelve minute mark. Neither team was setting the tone offensively in the opening eight minutes. Black Hills State started to pull away in the final five minutes, extending their lead from six points to a 37-26 lead at the break. In the first half, the Wildcats were shooting just 36% while Black Hills State was shooting 48.3%.
In the second half, the Yellowjackets started out with the same offensive momentum the finished the first half with. BHSU held a twelve point lead with just over 13 minutes left to play. After a timeout at the 11:44 mark, the 'Cats were able to put together some offense. Over the next five and a half minutes, the Wildcats cut a 12 point deficit down to five points on a 12-5 run. The Wildcat's continued to press and regained the lead at 2:32 off an Andrew Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) layup. BHSU went back up 71-70 at the 1:24 mark. A jumper by Romero at the buzzer was blocked as BHSU held on for the one point victory.
Romero had 26 points for the Wildcats and brought down 10 rebounds. He dished out five assists and was 8 for 8 from the free throw line. Fraser Malcolm had 23 points for BHSU and a game high 11 boards.
Johnson & Wales will wrap up their roadtrip on Sunday afternoon when they take on Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D.